In November 2013, Nissan introduced the new Skyline with Nissan’s novel one-motor two-clutch hybrid system in every grade. (Earlier post.) Now, in Japan, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has launched the New Skyline 200GT-t (the next-generation turbo model) featuring a high-power, fuel-efficient lightweight turbocharged gasoline engine with maximum power output of 155 kW (208 hp). With the addition of the new engine, Skyline now has two powertrain choices, including the hybrid version.
The new turbocharged gasoline engine achieves a superior level of engine performance with maximum power output of 155kW (211ps) while improving fuel economy with its downsized displacement. The new turbocharged engine delivers power and acceleration performance equivalent to non-turbocharged 2.5L engine while reducing emissions.
With the adoption of Idling Stop, direct-injection, variable valve timing, electro-hydraulic power steering and charging control, the new Skyline 200GT-t achieves fuel economy of 13.6 km/L (32 mpg US, 7.35 l/100 km) on JC08 mode an improvement of about 20% over the previous-generation Skyline (250GT, 250GT Type S). All grades of the next-generation Skyline turbo model achieve the 2015 fuel economy standard, qualifying for tax breaks.
In addition, all grades reduce emissions of NOx and NMHC (non-methane hydrocarbon) by 75%, achieving SU-LEV certification by emitting 75% fewer exhaust emissions than 2005 standards.
Electro-hydraulic power steering (vehicle speed-sensing) improves steering performance compared to the previous-generation Skyline. With refined suspension performance achieved by adopting the newly developed rear suspension (like that utilized on the hybrid model), enhanced driving performance is offered.
Motor revolution speed changes with electronic control and oil hydraulic pump pressure is adjusted to change the steering effort. With steering angle and steering angle speed controlled, it offers mild handling in a low-speed range and smooth, linear handling at high-speed range. With an electrically controlled pump, engine load is reduced, contributing to improved fuel economy.
Direct Adaptive Steering, which has been well-received in the hybrid version, according to Nissan, will also be offered as a factory-installed option starting in the fall of this year.
Like the hybrid version, Skyline 200GT-t adopts the Drive mode selector. With customized driving variations and menus, it provides 12 variations in Personal Mode (96 variations in the hybrid version). With customized settings, the driver can select his /her own preferred driving style.
Nissan is targeting sales in Japan of 200 units per month. Price ranges from ¥3,834,000 (US$37,573) to ¥4,568,400 (US$44,770), including consumption tax.